Reducing Your Pet’s Carbon Pawprint

10153205_10203794091842330_6775253021189327148_nI wrote this article a while back for a local magazine, and I thought it would be good to post on our own website! By Christine Mallar. Photos by Elizabeth Manley


When we go grocery shopping, many of us have learned to make choices that are both healthier for the planet and healthier for our bodies. We look for organic, locally grown produce, non toxic cleaners, and paper products made with recycled materials. But how many of us realize that we can apply these same sorts of good consumer choices when we’re shopping for our pets?

She’s at it again! 4th nest at Green Dog

There’s a new nest, high up in the planter closest to our door. This one is cute, with 2 branches sewn together in an X. Lots of spider webs on this one – the last one was lots of lichen. Eggs laid Wed and Thurs (April 21 and 22 – Happy Earth Day!!!)april10nest


Some of Our Favorite Nutrition Resources

I wrote this up a while back for a nutrition lecture I was giving, and I thought it might be useful to post it somewhere for more people to use. These are some of our favorite resources for people to use when trying to educate themselves about their pets.
- Christine


Excellent Link for Dog Nutrition (though cat folks can definitely glean some knowledge here too: The woman who compiles this site has encyclopedic knowledge about diet and nutrition for dogs and writes a lot of the food articles in The Whole Dog Journal.
Key links on her site that might be useful to you:
Lots of links to common health problems in dogs
including a ton of info on kidney disease and diet, specifically a lot about protein and its relationship to kidney disease:

there are a lot of good articles that she wrote for Whole Dog Journal on home cooking:

Sites online specifically for cats:
Holisticat (includes an email list) feeding cats for health
Making Cat Food (from a vet) great site all around with some good tips about transitioning a picky cat’s diet
How to Prepare Fresh Cat Food (technical but very complete)
The Feline Future Cat Food Company (Instincts TC) – a mix to which you add your own meat. I don’t carry it but it seems great. Good answers to peoples’ questions on this site about raw foods.

Good Sites:

Truth About Pet Food: – Articles like “A Graphic Description of what the FDA allows in Pet Food“, and “Truth in Advertising Laws Do Not Apply to Pet Food” as well as the most timely reports of recalls I’ve ever seen. – site where you can look at just about any brand of food and read their ratings for it.

A Vegetarian Diet for Dogs?

Books I have in the store (I can always order books that I don’t keep in stock):

Dr Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health
– an excellent all around book that discusses other issues besides diet. It is considered a staple of a good pet care library. Pitcairn uses raw meat but not bones in his diets (although in this case you can cook the meat if you prefer).  He offers recipes for dogs with health problems.  One note, his diets are heavily grain-based, though you can substitute pureed or cooked veggies, such as sweet potatoes, for some or all of the grains. He also has a website

Natural Nutrition for Dogs and Cats: The Ultimate Diet by Kymythy Schultze, AHI – one of the best books on the whys and hows of making your own raw food at home. My favorite.

Raw Dog Food: Make it Easy for You and Your Dog by Carina MacDonald  A very approachable and and easy book on raw feeding

Whole Health for Happy Cats: A Guide to Keeping Your Cat Naturally Healthy, Happy, and Well-Fed (Quarry Book) by Sandy Arora and Regina Schwabe (Paperback – Oct 1, 2006)

The Natural Cat: The Comprehensive Guide to Optimum Care
by  Anitra Frazier and Norma Eckroate (Paperback – Nov 25, 2008)

Pet Food Politics: The Chihuahua in the Coal Mine, by Marion Nestle — excellent discussion of the pet food industry and what happened during the recalls.

Other good references out there:

The BARF Diet by Ian Billinghurst, DVM — one of the very early pioneers of returning to a whole food (Bones and Raw Food = BARF) diet.

See Spot Live Longer by Steve Brown and Beth Taylor

The Whole Dog Journal is an excellent monthly publication that has articles on behavior, nutrition, training, and occasional reviews of products available for dogs.

Green Dog is Moving!!

The new building is at 4327 NE Fremont St.

The new building is at 4327 NE Fremont St.

Note: This post was created several years ago – we finished our renovation and moved in on July 4th of 2010!

Our last expansion in our current space was opened 2 years ago this May, and already we have outgrown it! Thanks to you, our food business has increased to the point that we’re having trouble keeping enough in stock to make it to the next week’s delivery. Combine this with the challenge we’ve always had with visibility on this street (we get calls from people who are driving back and forth on the street and can’t find us, and people to this day come in and say they live right down the street and never knew we were here). So, we stumbled across a unique opportunity just two blocks down the street, which is lucky, as there really aren’t any spaces larger than what we already have in our neighborhood. I was in Blackbird Wine talking to Andy, and I mentioned that I wished that his old space (his store used to be on the side of the building and he has recently moved up front) was next to the space that’s been vacant in that building for so long, as we’d love to put them together to make one big store. That’s when he said, “I think both of those spaces share a wall”. So, we looked into it, and lo and behold, our bigger store became a possibility. It will be a big L-shaped store, with the main entrance right on Fremont St. The side entrance will become our food delivery bay, where deliveries can be made right into our back room! (that may be more exciting to us and our truck drivers than it is for you, but it will be a big help for us to have it set up that way).  Parking is definitely a lot better down there too.
So now we face another big build-out from scratch, starting in April and hopefully resulting in a move on July 4th weekend. It will come just in time for us to celebrate Green Dog’s 6 year anniversary. We’re going to try and make it look as much like our old space as possible, which means as the time draws nearer, we might be dismantling some of this store to use in the new one. Hopefully we can make a smooth transition without it looking too ransacked in here. The whole thing is both exciting and terrifying at the same time. Wish us luck!

The Work Has Begun!!

Before Shot inside the new space

Before Shot inside the new space – that wall in back is coming out soon

Looking out towards the street in the new space

Looking out towards the street in the new space

This is the wall in the back that will have an archway into the other space, where the food room will be

This is the wall in the back that will have an archway into the other space, where the food room will be

Go Alan Go! Our contractor breaks into the wall that will join the main store space with the food room

Go Alan Go! Our contractor breaks into the wall that will join the main store space with the food room